OCTOBER 1 marks the start of the pike fishing season, reports Sudbury and Melford District Angling Association.
The Suffolk Stour is famous for its good head of pike, with one caught from Ladies Island gaining a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The river will still be weedy so moving baits and lure will work better.
Dead baits can be popped up on ledger rigs with the aid of a sunken float rig and foam or an injection of air.
Baited rods should never be left unattended and baitrunners and clutches on reels should never be set too tightly.
Line should be a minimum of 12 pound breaking strain and a wire trace must be used at all times.
Hooks should be semi-barbless and single and double hooks can be used. Barbed treble hooks on lures should be crushed with pliers.
Landing nets of 42-inch frame are advisable and the club points out that hand-landing of pike is not advisable, as a visit to the doctor to remove a treble hook in the thumb – as happened to an angler at Rodbridge two years ago – can be avoided.
Unhooking mats, long-nosed artery forceps and wire cutters are also a must on all club waters.
All runs should be struck early to avoid deep hooking and drop-back indicators should be used when ledgering.
Day tickets for two rods are available on all the club’s river sections.
n DEL-BOY Bawden took the honours at Cornard’s Angling Club’s match at Kettles Farm. Bawden fished next to the tree and managed to tempt the carp out using mainly bread for 80lb 3oz.
Second place was Andy Butler fishing opposite the island and using the method feeder for 55lb 12oz.
Hard on his heels in third place was Brin Morris, also on the method feeder, catching 55lb 2oz from a corner peg.
Next match is at Bures Lake, draw 7am.